Vivitar SF-3000 Digital Slave Flash

Vivitar SF-3000 Digital Slave Flash

Vivitar SF-3000 Digital Slave Flash

B&H # VI3000 MFR # SF-3000
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Product Highlights

  • Guide Number: 110' at ISO 100
  • Wireless Slave Functionality
  • Instant Sync & Skip Pre-Flash Settings
  • Runs on Two AA Batteries
  • Flash Bracket Included
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With a guide number of 110' at ISO 100 the SF-3000 Digital Slave Flash from Vivitar is a sturdy unit with selectable firing and built-in digital slave circuitry. Plus, it features a switch on the back which allows you to select between the two different triggering modes, making it compatible with any camera on the market. Ordinary slave units do not work with many digital cameras because these cameras use a very rapid set of pre-flashes to set the white balance of the camera's image sensor chip but not the exposure. The slaves will typically fire on the pre-flash it senses, while the digital camera captures the image on the last flash. Thus, the extra light from the slave does not show up in the digital camera photo. The SF-3000 flash units are designed to fire on a flash, sensed by their built-in optical sensor and circuitry, so the effect of the flash is not lost. It runs on two AA batteries and comes with a flash bracket.

8.0 seconds recycle time
200 flashes on fresh set of two AA alkaline Batteries
UPC: 681066680186
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Vivitar SF-3000 Digital Slave Flash
  • Camera Hot Shoe Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vivitar SF-3000 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 109.91'  / 33.5 m ISO 100 at 50 mm Position
    Bounce Head None
    Swivel Head None
    Coverage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Zoom Head None
    Off-Camera Terminal None
    Recycle Time Approximately 8 - 9 Seconds
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
    Skip Preflash
    Power Source 2x AA Alkaline Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 0.7 x 3.0 x 2.2" / 17.0 x 76.0 x 57.0 mm
    Weight 11.64 oz / 330 g without batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 4.0 x 2.2"

    Vivitar SF-3000 reviews

    SF-3000 Digital Slave Flash is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific value - holds up & does the job This has to be one of the best buys for a ridiculously small amount of money. I've got two - the batteries last a long time, all synch modes are accommodated and the tiny thing puts out enough watt-seconds to actually work. At ISO 200 I made an indoor shot of a bright blue Club Car golf cart using the on-camera (yeah, it's weak) flash, had the store manager hold the SF-3000 at 45 degrees for the main light, shot at f8 at 1/30 sec. to let the backlit wall-mounted sign glow. Two exposures and I was done, it's an ad in the magazine, everyone's happy. I tend to not see the thing in my Domke, so I sprayed it satin white with a rattle can, masking off controls, slave eyes, etc. Looks funky and now I can easily spot it. And you get a cute li'l bracket, too!
    Date published: 2015-10-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Size isn't everything. After a brief test to make sure that the slave flash fires in sync with my camera's flash, I was off and running with it. I use it to take pictures at distances farther away than the 13 feet my camera's flash is capable of. You will have to experiment with it to get it to work the way you want it to, but that's what makes it fun to use. Recharging between shots takes a tad bit longer than I would like it to, but I can live with that. Overall, I'm pleased with the results it gives me.
    Date published: 2011-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handy and worthwhile addition I use it as a slave fill flash with my Sony A900 and its dedicated flash. It does a good job of filling in and minimizing red-eye. It doesn't weigh much and it works well. A pair of fully charged NiMH batteries doesn't last too long, but I'd rather carry around more batteries and get more light. My only complaint is that the ready light is very dim.
    Date published: 2010-06-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Basic remote digital strobe quite useful Not automatic. Can select your digital camera delay for remote that is built into this strobe. Guide Number is about 110-120 for ISO 100. Small and just right for having a second flash when one isn't enough. Very inexpensive. Quite handy to always carry in your camera bag.
    Date published: 2011-02-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A roll of the dice... At first I purchased one of these units as well as a SF4000 to see how effective they are, and and found the SF3000 to be simple, easy to use, and works as expected with a Nikon L100, a Sony S40, and a Panasonic FP8... In comparison, to the SF4000, it seems to have slightly more light output and I decided to purchase two more of the SF3000... That was a mistake, number two is erratic triggering, and number three triggers fine when at room temperature but get it cool in an unheated work environment and it quits triggering... In the meanwhile, the SF4000 is proving to be very reliable albeit with slightly softer light due to its more complex adjustable light prismatic filter in front of the flash. The decision I have made is to purchase several of the SF4000 to replace the SF3000 units, for an additional $3.00, the SF4000 is proving to be a better buy and more reliable unit. A note about recycling time, about 4 seconds with fresh NiMH batteries and good for 150-200 flashes which is pretty good for two AA cells powering it in my opinion.
    Date published: 2011-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little Flash I paired this flash with my problematic Sony A3000 which has the MI hotshoe that works only with Sony flashes. After spending a lot of money on various flashes and useless third party flash adapters, it was a lot simpler and cheaper to use the Vivitar SF-3000 in the slave mode and having the Sony onboard flash as the trigger. An incredibly cheap and downright effective problem solver for users of the Sony MI hotshoe. Why spend your money buying one brand of flash after another to try to solve a major problem that Sony themselves created. I also own (3) Olympus bodies, E420, EP1, EPL1 and have no problem using my non-sony flash with all of them. Best purchase I made. Also, recycle time is incredibly fast (1-3) seconds using (2) NIMH batteries.
    Date published: 2017-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A LITTLE THAT DOES! The SF-3000 Slave Flash by Vivitar works great and it is a real strong bargin also. The unit gives enough light for most needs and with the 4 settings it works with all my point shoot cameras.On a light stand with a umbrella it has good balance. This small unit will give you what you need in a light wieght and compact slave.
    Date published: 2013-02-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good value I bought a pair of these, at this price, how could I not? I use them as fill and background lights. They are fairly powerful for their size (about the same as 1/8th on my Nikon SB-600) and are small enough to be unobtrusive. I have had no issue with the slave function, although to be honest, my longest test has been about twenty feet, indoors. That's all you really need for the way that I'm using them. There are a couple of cons, but they were expected. They do feel cheap, but as long as you're careful with them, I don't see any problems. Second, they do not have variable output, again, not surprised, it states this in the description. What I have done to get around this is use ND3 gels. I have made up a few to match different outputs. Bare, it is equal to 1/8, as I said before. 1 ND3 is equal to 1/16 on the SB-600 and two ND3 gels is equal to 1/32 with flash compensation of +.3 The final con is the recycle time, it takes about 6 or 7 seconds with fresh batteries; I wish they could've improved on that a little bit.
    Date published: 2014-03-08
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